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Buffalo Bills' Arthur Moats to Pursue Master's Degree



By Catherine Groux
Posted July 17, 2013 11:00 AM

Arthur Moats is planning to earn a master's degree.
Arthur Moats is planning to earn a master's degree.

When current Buffalo Bills linebacker Arthur Moats was earning a bachelor's degree at James Madison University, he realized he had a true passion for not only football, but community service as well. In fact, while he finished his degree, Moats interned at United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, United Way's website states. Due to his drive and dedication, this past offseason, Moats was named the 2013 Buffalo Bills United Way Spokesman.

Now, Moats plans to take his commitment to community service to the next level by earning a master's degree in community and economic development at the State University of New York's Empire State College, the Buffalo Bills' website states. Moats was attracted to Empire's online education program, which will allow him to more easily balance his NFL career and graduate school.

"When I looked into Empire, I found out they had an online master's program, which will work the best for me with the season approaching," Moats told the Buffalo Bills' website. "I'm taking 10 classes total, and I estimate it will take me two and a half years to get my degree."

Moats will begin his master's degree program this fall, when he will study topics like ethics and community leadership, public policy analysis and principles of economic development. In doing so, he hopes he will set a good example for others.

"It's easy to find people doing the wrong things," he said. "I always want to be the person that people look up to. That's one of the main reasons I do the things I do. I don't like complacency. I hate to be stuck in the same motion. I like change and doing new things."

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